This stunning anthology is a rich photographic journey through the last sixty years of Italian history, as seen by some of the most important Italian and international photographers throughout the era.
The first section of the book records in photographs how Italy has evolved since 1943, accompanied by the thoughts of those who witnessed the evolution. Sixty years separate the first image - a photograph by Robert Capa of the arrival of the American army in Sicily in 1943 - from the last, in which Gabriele Basilico shows the Calabrian coast where the bridge over the Strait of Messina could soon be built. These images run through recent history and encompass all possible genres: from the work of photo-journalists to amateurs, from the first pioneers to contemporary practitioners from the worlds of fashion, architecture, nature photography and artistic experimentation.
Part two confronts issues peculiar to Italy. Six essays reflect upon moments and movements that have defined the evolution of Italian visual culture, both from the point of view of creativity and the actual way in which the images were used. The third section engages directly with ways of seeing: a number of auteur portfolios, each composed of two photo-essays shot by an Italian and a non-Italian photographer on the same theme.
This marvellously rich photographic journey through the last sixty years of Italian history will be essential reading for anyone who loves photography or Italy, the Bel Paese.
Giovanna Calvenzi is one of the most prominent figures in European photography today. Currently the Director of Photography for Sportsweek, she has also been the photo-editor at several magazines, notably Amica and Vanity Fair. She has also curated many exhibitions and has sat on several juries, including the World Press Photo award.
Photographers and Italy: 60 years of Italian photography. Hints for reflection: seven critical essays from Susan Sontag, Carlo Bertelli, Christian Caujolle, Uliano Lucas, Manolo de Giorgio, Paolo Pietroni and Roberta Valtorta. Confronting topics - a visual dialogue between Italian and "foreign" photographers including: Scanno - Henri Cartier-Bresson and Mario Giacomelli; Luzzara - Paul Strand and Gianni Berengo Gardin; visions of a city - Rome by William Klein and Milan by Mario Carrieri; the conditions of mental asylums - Carla Cerati and Raymond Depardon; Magna Graecia - Herbert List and Mimmo Jodice; Venice - Ernst Haas and Luca Campigotto; Mattanza - tuna fishing by Sebastiao Salgado and Giorgia Fiorio; volcanoes - Ressmeyer and Antonio Biasiucci; a stroll in Rome - Joel Sternfeld and Gabriele Basilico; beaches - Massimo Vitali and Martin Parr.